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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

Hutchy

By Doug Merlino
Published February 19, 2008

My Time
Ruff Cutt

Jamaica-born Michael Hutchinson has been working as a party promoter and DJ in Washington, D.C., since the early 1990s, and his debut album covers a wide swath of music from his home island. He kicks things off with a “Get A Whole Of Yourself,” a bouncy party tune with a sunny female chorus and blipping electronics, before moving into “Take Charge,” a straightforward slab of roots. The rest of the album divides itself between more light-hearted subject matter and a politically conscious message, with such self-explanatory titles as “Bad Boys Run The World” and “War On Terror.” Hutchy’s voice carries the show, but the album really shines from a production standpoint, bringing the work of Scientist to mind with its intriguing echo washes and random bleats. Roots, dub and dancehall fuse together here to form an upbeat whole that would surely be a perfect soundtrack for any of Hutchy’s club nights—a great spin if your trade is positive, party-oriented reggae.